Minor earthquake shakes Koh Samui, residents feel tremors

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.0 shook Koh Samui in the middle of the night, causing residents in Bo Phut, Koh Samui in Surat Thani to feel the tremors. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported that the earthquake occurred at 12.14am today, July 10, at a depth of 1 kilometre.

Several residents reported feeling the tremors, including those in Soi Talad Kao, Lamai, Maret, and Koh Samui. One resident mentioned they were chatting with two or three friends when they heard a sound resembling thunder and felt the ground shaking.

Another earthquake was reported at 6.20pm yesterday in Sri Dong Yen, Chai Prakan, Chiang Mai. This quake had a slightly higher magnitude of 2.2 and occurred at a depth of 2 kilometres.

“We were just sitting and talking when we heard a noise like thunder, and suddenly the ground started shaking.”

TMD has been closely monitoring these seismic activities, ensuring that any potential risks are communicated promptly to the public.

The tremors in Koh Samui were particularly felt in Bo Phut, a popular area known for its beaches and tourist attractions. Despite the minor quake, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, reported KhaoSod.

“It was quite surprising. We don’t usually feel earthquakes here, so it was a bit alarming.”

In related news, an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.2 struck the Bang Toei area in Phang Nga province, prompting officials to inspect for potential damage. It was confirmed that an earthquake occurred in Bang Toei, Mueang District, Phang Nga Province. The incident occurred in the early hours of June 26, as reported by the Earthquake Surveillance Division of the TMD.

In other news, a 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Koh Samui on May 30, with a depth of 4 kilometres, according to the Earthquake Surveillance Division of the TMD. The event occurred at 8.24am, causing noticeable tremors in the area.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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